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Stress-Free Holidays for Pets

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Stress-Free Holidays for Pets

The holidays have arrived, and if you are one of the fortunate ones with friends and family that you like to spend time with, the holidays mean parties, dinners, gift exchanges and get-togethers. Whether you will be the host of one of these fetes, or whether youíll be packing up the family and pet for a cross-town trip to visit family and/or friends, know before you go how you are going to keep everyone calm and comfortable, so that†everyone has a good time.

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If you are the “visitee,” you will want to do a little preparation before the guests arrive. Many of us consider our pets to be members of the family, and we enjoy having them with us in as we celebrate good times. But, when our pets are not used to have more than a few people around, they can get overly excited, and things can stop being fun. The jumping, the grabbing food from hands and tables, the barking Ö all of these things can lead to some embarrassing situations, and can even frighten some guests who are not accustomed to having animals around. In the weeks before the event, take some time to work on your petís manners and reinforce obedience training. You might try some small gatherings with some pet friendly people who can help you to reinforce your petís manners, so that when the bigger party night comes, your pet will already be prepared.

If, on the other hand, you know that your pet will not be able to hold back his exuberance, set aside a safe room where he can stay for the duration of the event. Make the space comfortable with a bed or rug, water, toys, and maybe some treats. Close this area off to the guests so that you can be sure that your pet, and your guests, are safe. Remember to either tell your guests that your pet should be left alone, tape a sign to the door saying “do not open,” or place a hook and eye lock on the door so that people know that it is not to be opened. The last thing you want is for a very excited pet to dash through the house, and possibly out the door to the outside of the house.

See Also: Pets & Animals Holiday Gift Guide

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11:14AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for the advices!

10:20AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

good advice, unfortunately most of it is common sense which a lot of people don't seem to have!

6:02AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

2:27PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

my kitty likes when people come, she's friendly, and thanks for the tips

11:17AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thank you for the tips...

10:40AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

6:41AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Happy Merry Christmas Care 2

4:53AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Stress, no one deserves, even the animals.

11:59PM PST on Nov 26, 2012


10:37PM PST on Nov 26, 2012


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